NB Power and the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Measures Organizations will test nuclear emergency response plans in a full-scale, multi-jurisdictional exercise today, November 17th, and tomorrow, November 18th.
In addition, NB Power is testing emergency response plans related to grid reliability and stability through a North America-wide table-top exercise among power operators November 18th and 19th.
These exercises are part of New Brunswick’s annual Community Preparedness Week, when residents are reminded to check emergency plans, make sure family members know the plans and ensure that emergency equipment and supplies in the home are in good working order in advance of the winter storm season.
“We remind everyone to practice their emergency plans and ensure they are prepared for whatever scenario comes their way,” said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman. “Our residents can be confident that the government is working closely with NB Power and other agencies to ensure that their needs are met in a co-ordinated and predictable way following an extreme event.”
As part of Community Preparedness Week, NB Power and the Emergency Measures Organization are hosting a series of public information sessions, entitled Let’s Talk About Extreme Weather, throughout northern New Brunswick during the first week of December. These annual sessions help New Brunswickers prepare their homes and families for the impact of extreme winter weather.
“We always encourage our customers to be prepared for extreme events, and it is just as important for the utility to test emergency plans and procedures regularly,” said Gaëtan Thomas, NB Power president and CEO. “These exercises will demonstrate that New Brunswickers can be confident in the collective emergency response capabilities of NB Power and the provincial government.”
Photo Above from Left: Greg MacCallum, director of the Emergency Measures Organization; NB Power President and CEO Gaëtan Thomas and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman.